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Nancy Tuten: Owner and Founder

Nancy founded Get It Write in 1991. Since then, she has taught hundreds of writing seminars on writing-related issues to professionals in the workforce, including employees of state and local governments, judges and staff members of state and federal court systems, bankers, and attorneys (see our client list).

She is a tenured professor of English at Columbia College, where she serves as head of the Division of Languages and Literatures and director of the writing-across-the-curriculum program. Her undergraduate degree is from Newberry College (1982, magna cum laude), and she earned both the MA (1985) and PhD (1988) from the University of South Carolina, where she served as associate director for the freshman composition program. In 1996, she was named Outstanding Professor by the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English.

In 2002, along with cowriter Gayle Swanson, Tuten published The First Fifty Tips, a collection of short essays on a variety of English grammar, mechanics, and usage issues. In addition, she has published two scholarly books: Critical Essays on Galway Kinnell (G. K. Hall) and The Robert Frost Encyclopedia (Greenwood 2001). Other published works include articles in peer-reviewed journals on such writers as Alice Walker, Theodore Roethke, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, and Galway Kinnell. From 1991 to 2006, Professor Tuten served as a consulting editor for The Explicator, an internationally distributed scholarly journal of literary criticism. Currently she is one of four executive editors for the journal.

Gayle Swanson: Associate

Gayle holds a PhD in British literature and taught English at the college level for over twenty years. Since 1988, she has also worked as a professional editor, numbering among her clients the South Carolina Department of Education, the University of Nebraska Press, the University of Georgia Press, the Naval Institute Press at Annapolis, and the Open Society Institute in Budapest, Hungary. She is the past editor of the international scholarly journal Studies in Short Fiction and served as an executive editor of The Explicator for nine years. Among her published writings are essays on the works of British and American authors, the teaching of college English, and the job of editing a scholarly journal. She is, in addition, the author of the South Carolina Department of Education's manual of style and the coauthor of a book on South Carolina poets.

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